London: J. Hatchard and Son, 1830. First edition. With a lithograph frontispiece and twenty-one plates. Joints somewhat tender and some rubbing to calf. Twentieth century armorial bookplate to front pastedown, 1960 ink signature to recto of front flyleaf, and 1871 ink signature to verso of front flyleaf. A few plates neatly reinforced on versos. Light occasional dust soiling. A very good, very clean copy of a scarce work. Nineteenth century reddish-brown half calf over marbled boards. Sixteenmo. 95 pp. Item #16901
In the introductory “Address to Parents,” the author explains that the present work combines beauty and lightheartedness with religious education and encourages children to engage with the aesthetic and literary elements of the verse. “Coldness and gloom, and restraint, and severity, are not the characteristics of our blessed Lord’s testament to his followers,” she writes (p. viii). She goes on to explain that “infancy is not the season wherein to put away ‘childish things’…cold formality is almost as repugnant to the spirit of the gospel…as it is utterly distasteful to the buoyancy of a child’s unbroken spirit,” (p. viii).
OCLC records one copy each at the University of Colorado, Toronto PL, and Yale; JISC (COPAC) records one copy each at the Bodleian, Trinity College, and Newcastle University. Jackson, Romantic Poetry by Women, p. 61, no. 1(a).